I have LOWA gortex hiking shoes, and am about to set on a long hiking trip where conditions are expected to be dump and wet. I wanted to ask for your help in how should I prepare my shoes for such a trip. What sort of wax should I use, how Do I "seal" all the stitches in the shoe so as less water as possible would enter, couls I use any material or do I need something specific for gortex, how do I maintain the shoes while on the trail and any other advice you migt consider helpful (but please don't tell me to buy full leather boots, the ones I currently have suit me the best!) I am relatively "new" to serioushiking, so any advicewould be appreciated!
Thank you for yor help