Ooooh, I have to show my inneptitude here and say I have never heard of Valiant Thorr, but I have heard of drummers wearing boxing or wrestling shoes. A bit constricting for me, like climbing shoes. I believe DW
's drumming shoe is based on this design. They look like they are anyway. I have been wearing my Van's now for about a month and they are breaking in nicely for the drumming. And they are just so cool!