step into (someone's) shoes

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step into (someone's) shoes

To fill someone's position, especially one of power or authority. I don't know who they're getting to step into Davidson's shoes, but I doubt they'll be anywhere near as good a manager as he was. I tell you, I wouldn't want to step into her shoes. Sure, the pay would be better, but I don't want all that stress!
See also: shoe, step

step into someone's shoes

Fig. to take over a job or some role from someone. I was prepared to step into the boss's shoes, so there was no disruption when he left for another job. There was no one who could step into Alice's shoes when she left, so everything came to a stop.
See also: shoe, step

step into somebody’s ˈshoes

take over a job from another person: Mike stepped into his father’s shoes when his father retired as director.
See also: shoe, step
References in classic literature ?
Afterwards nobody seemed to trouble much about Fresleven's remains, till I got out and stepped into his shoes.
And he comes face-to-face with the man who stepped into his shoes at today.
CELEBRITY friends of entertainer Malcolm Stent have stepped into his shoes to secure the future of an annual fund-raiser that was thrown into jeopardy after the Balsall Common performer was forced to pull out due to illness.
Cabinet colleague John Hutton stepped into his shoes, switching from the role of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
And the former England coach, who has stepped into his shoes, is relishing the chance to return to the game after almost a year in the football wilderness.