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
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.