Back in the days when kids were mack daddies (or perhaps even daddy macks — word to Kriss Kross), an NBA player's playoff shoe was whatever he wore during the regular season, only maybe in black instead of white. Now? Don't expect even the highest-level signature shoe to last a whole season. LeBron James started the year in the Air Max LeBron 8, shifted to the lighter Air Max LeBron 8 V2 for the second half, and now moves to the LeBron 8 PS as the playoffs begin. Again, the goal was to cut weight, and designer Jason Petrie achieved this in several ways — primarily by going to a heavily ventilated Hyperfuse synthetic upper and replacing the full-length Air Max 360 airbag with an Air Max 180 unit in the heel and Zoom Air up front. The shoe drops on Saturday, April 16th, the same day LeBron's Heat take on the Philadelphia 76ers in Game One of their first-round series. For more on the shoe, check out this short video where Petrie explains some of the key attributes: