Leather is one of the best materials you can use to make iPhone cases. Unlike cases made from TPU or other rubber-like materials, a leather case actually looks better over time. While a “normal” iPhone 6 case can start to look ratty as it ages and fades, that same fading makes true leather look warm and broken in. Leather is luxurious, easy to grip, and available in a wide array of colors. It works for professionals, as well as those who want their accessories to have a bit of an edge. Here are five of the best leather iPhone 6 cases out there.
1. SHIELDON Leather Wallet Case for iPhone 6
Leather folio cases protect your iPhone’s screen from prying eyes, as well as from getting scratched by loose items in your briefcase or purse. Inside that front flap, there are slots for up to three credit cards. The case can also be folded into a stand, which is a nice feature.
These cases come with your choice of a strap closure or a magnetic closure, and are available in black or cognac brown. Both the magnetic and strap closures have their potential issues. The strap can get in the way when using the flash as a flashlight, but the strap does give you a handle to use when watching videos on your phone. Some concerns have been raised that magnets on iPhone accessories can lead to issues with the NFC and OIS features of the phone. You can learn more about that phenomenon at 9to5Mac. Ultimately, the choice between strap closure and magnetic closure comes down to personal preference. There’s no difference in price between the two, so it is just a matter of deciding which closure feels most secure to you.
For some iPhone fans, only an Apple-made iPhone 6 case will do. This case is thin, making it ideal for people who dislike the bulk of leather wallet cases. This case comes in brown, midnight blue, black, red, and soft pink. One recurring issue we’ve seen in user reviews of this case is that some of the lighter colors will stain if kept in the pocket of a pair of jeans. To combat this issue, you could simply not keep your phone in your pocket, or buy a darker case. Alternatively, you could remove the phone from the case, and treat the case with a product like Lexol or Leather Honey.
Unfortunately, we’ve seen some people re-selling these Apple cases on Amazon and other websites at prices higher than what you’d pay at the Apple Store. You need to check prices carefully before you buy if you don’t want to overpay. Your best bet is to buy direct from Apple (where you’ll pay about $45), or to seek out more reasonably priced case listings on Amazon. As of this writing, we’re seeing some Amazon sellers offering this case for $39.73 new, or gently used from $23.99.
Love leather, but want a case with a little more personality? This clever folio case from Twelve South protects your device, while also making it look just like a tiny leatherbound book. This is the perfect case for librarians, book lovers, or writers. It is available in black or brown. The BookBook iPhone 6 case has room for three credit cards, a window for your ID, and a pocket for your cash or receipts.
The only downside is the price tag, though cheap knockoff versions of this case are available for budget-conscious bibliophiles. For those who want genuine leather, however, this is the best choice.
Piel Frama makes some of the coolest leather iPhone 6 cases out there. These cases are available in a wide range of colors, and some versions of the case are made from crocodile, lizard, or ostrich leather. Some also include Swarovski crystal elements for those who like a more feminine look. This reporter-style folio case is great for privacy, and it’s also great for people who like wallet-style cases. The case includes a removable swivel belt clip. If you want a leather case that’s a bit different from everything else out there, Piel Frama’s lizard or ostrich leather wallets are definitely eye-catching.
Price: $89-$109, depending on color and leather selected
This leather case has contrast stitching and a snap button closure. Inside the front flap, there is a spot for just one credit card or ID card. That may not be sufficient for some people, but it does mean that this wallet case can’t get overstuffed, so it should close easily every time. Even when the case is on, you can access all of the controls and ports. If you need a simple black leather case, this is a solid option to consider.
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