Designers seemed to be channeling the Roman god Mercury for spring ’12, crafting wing-like lapels on a range of shoe styles. With inspiration ranging from the simple, stark lines of a man’s shirt collar to the Sydney Opera House, this trend captured the imagination of several high-end designers. Balenciaga and Gareth Pugh took the look to the runways, showing sharp-lined exaggerated cuffs on ankle booties, while New York designers Alejandro Ingelmo and Gio Diev played with a multi-layer effect. Aperlai was all about geometric, wing-like appendages in various sizes. Laurence Dacade thought of tattoos and mohawks for her rock ‘n’ roll-inspired spring ’12 collection, which also featured a metallic-and-leather ankle boot with wing-like flaps.