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
References in classic literature ?
Now, in the event of the king's death, his successor inherits a crown, -- when the employee dies, the supernumerary steps into his shoes, and receives his salary of twelve thousand livres.
He gets a week off, and Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey steps into his shoes.
Kevin Whately, from Morse and Peak Practice, steps into his shoes and gives a convincing performance as the lone juror with a reasonable doubt.