step into 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
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YOUNGSTERS can step into shoes of the young boy in The Polar Express and take their own magical journey to the North Pole this Christmas.
"Kane looked a little bit tired, so it's great we have someone like Jamie to come on and step into shoes and also likes of Sturridge and Rashford to give us something different against a packed defence.
For example, a look at the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps will see pupils examine the location itself for geography, the cultural relationship between people for history, blogs and podcasts are made for ICT, and in drama, they will step into shoes of those from the period.
As Loomis explains, "She's got to take her own chair offstage, take off her pantsuit, step into shoes, step into the dress.
Suicidally tormented by the death of his longtime partner Jim (Matthew Goode), his friend Charley is a lovely shoulder to cry on - giving Julianne Moore the chance to step into shoes which might once have been worn by Faye Dunaway or Julie Christie.