step into someone's shoes

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

step into someone's shoes

Take someone's place, as in He's groomed Harriet to step into his shoes when he resigns. Also see fill someone's shoes; in someone's shoes.
See also: shoe, step
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

step into someone's shoes

COMMON If you step into someone's shoes, you start doing their job instead of them. In America, if a president resigns or dies in office, the vice-president steps into his shoes. Now that Chris is gone she wants me to step into his shoes. Note: You can also say that you fill someone else's shoes if you do their job or hold their position as well as they did. It'll take a good man to fill her shoes.
See also: shoe, step
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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"I have to step into someone's shoes as much as possible.
When I was invited to step into someone's shoes at Santa Pod I enjoyed it so much I've carried on."