step into one's shoes

[step into one's shoes] {v. phr.} To do what someone else usuallydoes after he has stopped doing it.

When Bill's father died, Billhad to step into his father's shoes to support his mother.

A coachtrains the junior varsity to step into the shoes of the members of thevarsity team when they graduate.

When the boss retires, his sonwill step into his shoes.

Compare: IN ONE'S SHOES.