Avoid the Winter Blues for your Shoes

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Winter is tough. The crust and slush and muck has arrived on the terrain, full of “sick germs” for your shoes. Remembering the white salt stains that rimmed my nice leather boots last year, I decided to start researching better winter shoe care. After asking our shoe experts at The Foursome and a little internet browsing, I found a few precautions and simple remedies to safeguard your favorite leathers.

PREVENTION
Wear overshoes that provide an anti-slip grip sole and cover your best leather shoes to protect them from rain, slush and snow. This revitalized galosh by SWIMS was transformed from a purely practical utility product to a classy lifestyle item.

Polish or moisturize your leather shoes and boots to protect them against the elements. At this point in the season, do this ASAP. Think of this step like lotion for your skin…you are less likely to dry out and crack when lotion and potioned up.

Good products for this step include Saddle Soap, Allen Edmonds Leather Care Lotion, and Water & Stain Protector (see leather care products below for details)

SNOW REMOVAL
Though we are all eager to get in the warm house asap, taking the time to brush the wet snow from your shoes could save you a lot of damage. This step enables them to dry out faster which is important in helping your shoes stay healthy. So keep a brush or towel in your entry and get in the habit.

BREAK TIME
We all need a break, and shoes do too. Would you want to work seven days a week? Swapping shoes every day will enable the ones taking a nap to dry out, breathe, and remain durable and flexible for their turn out in the cold. This will only prolong the lifespan of your beloved leather footwear.

DE-SALTING
Just a few wears out in the snow or down an icy sidewalk will make noticeable white rings near the sole of the shoe. Luckily, the recipe for erasing salt lines is simpler than the Cat in the Hat removing the pink ring in the tub. If wiping the salted areas just after you come indoors with a warm damp rag doesn’t do the trick, just mix up a small container with a 1:1 ratio of water and vinegar and gently rub it into the affected areas.

BAD ODOR
Ok, let’s be honest, like bad breath it’s hard to hide foot odor. A more natural approach to sprays and other topical odor treatments are cedar wood shoe trees. They sustain the form, keep the interior dry, and leave a natural cedar scent for you and your loved ones.

STOP IN FOR A COMPLIMENTARY SHOE SHINE
Visit The Foursome’s leather care expert, Cornelius, at the store on Saturdays from noon – 3 p.m. Wear or bring a pair and receive a free shoe shine. You’ll be amazed how your shoes or boots can look good as new!


LEATHER CARE PRODUCTS

Available at The Foursome. Some only cost a couple dollars and could save you hundreds.

1. Kelly’s Water and Stain Protector ($7.95)
Protects leather and suede from water and oil-based stains. Spray should be applied to new shoes and re-applied as needed throughout the season.

2. Allen Edmonds Premium Shoe Polish ($9) – buy now
Preserves and beautifies the most delicate smooth leather, helping resist dirt, rain and snow while providing a lustrous glow

3. Allen Edmonds Leather Cleaner ($4.95) – buy now
Cleans and moisturizes, natural leather.

4. Allen Edmonds Leather Care Lotion ($9) – buy now
Moisturizes, protects, and cleans natural leather.

5. Allen Edmonds Horsehair Brush ($10) – buy now
Naturally cleans and applies shoe cream and polish.

5. Woodlore Aromatic Shoe Trees ($21-25) – buy now
Keep your leather shoes in top condition. Shoes remain dry on the inside while leaving a fresh cedar scent.

6. Tingly Shoe protectors ($27-29) – buy now
The classic rubber overshoe. Protects your fine shoes from rain and snow.

 

– By Beth Dougherty, Inspiration and Display Coordinator at The Foursome

Gift ideas for the Mr.

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Gift Inspiration

It’s time to make your holiday list and check it twice. Get inspired by these ideas…then come into The Foursome and let our expert salespeople lead the way. Leave with your packages wrapped for free and ready for the tree. It’s that easy.

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Mr. Dapper

classic, convenient, comfort

#inspired by Viyella, 34 Heritage, Peru Unlimited, Wiggins, Samuel Hubbard

 


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Mr. Mistletoe

merry, mirthful, melodious

#inspired by Sota, Darn Tough, Kale Naturals, S’well, Byron

 

 


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Mr. Uptown

modern, manly, mainstay

#inspired by Brax, Thaddeus, Desoto, Daniel Wellington

 


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Mr. Camper

worry-free, warm, winsome

#inspired by True Grit, Saxx, Smartwool, Woodchuck USA, Barbour, S’well

 


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Mr. Schwank

red-hot, refined, resourceful

#inspired by Allen Edmonds, Marcoliani, David Donahue, Truefit & Hill, M-Clip

 


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Mr. Downtown

custom, current, cool

#inspired by Byron custom shirts, Dion

 

 


The Foursome Fine Men’s Apparel is family-owned and operated for over 80 years. Located in Plymouth, MN or shop thefoursome.com

Tech that wicks it // Tasc Performance

Tasc Performance’s mission is to enhance the active experience through the innovation and reinvention of performance apparel. Founded in 2009, the father-son owned company brought together their 68 years in textile development to develop an exclusive patent-pending fabric that’s a unique blend of bamboo viscose and organic cotton.

The result? Lifestyle apparel that’s silky-soft and fully loaded with natural benefits:

  • Moisture wicking
  • Anti-odor
  • Superior breath-ability
  • Incredible comfort
  • Natural UPF 50+ protection

NEW: Pimaluxe

Engineered with Pima Cotton + the performance of bamboo, Tasc Performance’s Pimaluxe collection is the ultimate package of luxury. Shop their Pimaluxe 1/4 Zip, Pimaluxe Short Sleeve Crew T-Shirt and Pimaluxe Long Sleeve Crew T-Shirt all featuring rich colors, silky smooth finish, moisture wicking, breathable, lightweight, clean lines (no logo) and a classic tailored fit, perfect for dressing up or down.

 

The Perfect Gift

This Holiday season, shop the comfort of Tasc Performance apparel, available at The Foursome Fine Men’s Apparel. Save 25% when you buy 3 or more, now through December 4, 2017.

Choose from a great selection of t-shirts, long sleeve tees, 1/4 zip pullovers, sweatshirts, pants, shorts, briefs and undershirts.

Festive Holiday Events

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Whether you go for ambiance, purpose, or great deals…we have shopping events you won’t want to miss this season! Mark your calendar to join us for one or all of these festive holiday happenings.

  • Legacy member special days
    Legacy members save 20% on Dec. 5 for your December Legacy Tuesday
  • Ladies night – Wednesday, Dec. 6, 4 – 8 p.m.
    Shop for him with live music, wine tasting, treats, discounts, and free gift wrapping! Invite your friends and come to our favorite shopping night of the year!
  • Friends & Family Sale – Dec. 6-10
    Save 20% on your entire purchase + Legacy Members receive 25% off one item during this exclusive holiday sale!
  • Senior Tuesdays
    Maturity has its benefits. Shoppers over age 60 receive 20% off your entire purchase – every Tuesday from Thanksgiving through Christmas!
  • Shop with a purpose – Friday, Dec. 15
    A portion of sales will be donated this day to the IOCP sleepout to help struggling families in our community. Join us and other local businesses to shop and give back this day!
  • Holiday specials
    Last minute specials and daily deals will be announced! Sign up to receive our emails or follow us on facebook or twitter for the latest specials.

 

For your convenience, free gift wrapping, phone orders, and online shopping (with free shipping) is always available at The Foursome.

Special Holiday Hours // We are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. We will be open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 12 – 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Weatherproofing // 2017 Men’s Outerwear

As all Northern climate dwellers know, the key to winter survival is the right gear because “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”. Warmth, weight, and fashion all play into the equation when choosing the right jacket or winter accessories. Lucky for us, there are many great options…and having choices in your closet will take you from a crisp fall morning to the eve of winter’s deep freeze.

Here are some of our favorites for 2017:

1. Barbour Waxed Cotton & Quilted Jackets

Barbour offers a traditional English countryside style with all the practical benefits of warmth and water resistance.

2. Kuhl Down Parkas 

The rugged, outdoor look from Kuhl we love – now in a heavy jacket that will take you deep into the season.

 

3. The North Face – NOW in Tall!

We are happy to expand our North Face collection into our Tall department. Extra length in the body and arms will keep you extra warm this winter!

4. Cutter & Buck WeatherTec Jackets

Cutter & Buck offers a great selection of outerwear for our Big & Tall department. WeatherTec technology means staying warm without the extra bulk.

5. Norwegian Wool Car Coats

Introducing Norwegian Wool, the perfect combination of function and luxury. Ready for all mother nature has to offer, this car coat will is waterproof, wind blocking and able to withstand sub-zero temperatures, making it great to wear commuting to the office as it is also designed to cover a suit jacket or blazer.

 

6. Rodd & Gunn 

Australian-inspired outerwear by Rodd & Gunn

 

7. Hart Schaffner Marx Macbeth Wool Coat

The modern hybrid of a carcoat/topcoat that is perfect over a suit or dressed down with fashion denim.

8. Canada Goose Parkas, Jackets & Vests

The Rolls Royce of jackets, you will wear and love your Canada Goose parka for decades. The same warmth technology worn by arctic explorers will keep away the chill on the coldest of winter days. Due to manufacturer restrictions, Canada Goose brand is not on sale, but we recommend getting your favorite style early because of high demand!

 

Shop the entire collection of men’s outerwear at The Foursome Fine Men’s Apparel in Plymouth, MN. Save 20% on all jackets, coats, vests and 15% on winter accessories, November 9-12, 2017

David Donahue : Luxury Defined

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David Donahue is a relatively newer brand for us at The Foursome, but the company started in 1972 by two friends in New York. For decades they exclusively made accessories but expanded their line to dress shirts and sportswear in more recent years.

 

After adding David Donahue dress shirts to our collection in 2016, they have quickly become the go-to shirt for many of our quality-seeking customers. The fabric is made of the finest long staple cotton yarns, yielding a soft and natural hand which provides comfort and style. To put it bluntly, the shirts fit perfectly, offering a moderately trimmer fit for the discerning modern man. From collar to cuff, these shirts are made well.

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“WE ARE AMONG THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS AT DELIVERING ACCESSIBLE LUXURY TO DISCERNING CUSTOMERS.” – Rob Donahue

 

For Fall 2017, we are thrilled to offer a more extensive collection of David Donahue sport shirts, sweaters and outerwear. Their clean crisp colors with vibrant patterns pair great with a sport coat or casual twill pants. Their sportswear maintains the same great fit throughout the body and exceptional quality.

Shop David Donahue

The Foursome’s David Donahue fall stock-up event runs October 19-29, 2017. Save 25% when you buy 3 or more items.