In order to keep the ball rolling on the laser etching, I sent out inquiries to five or six companies that I found online. Hopefully, one of them will be able to take on the task of etching the Micro-S patterns into some leather for me.
In other news, at ComiCon this year, the Propstore of London has on display a full Superman Returns costume, which is just plain ultra cool. A few friends have taken some photos of the boots, which have made for excellent additions to my photo reference library. Thanks guys!