- 1 one of a pair of outer coverings for your feet, usually made of leather or plastic a pair of shoes He took his shoes and socks off. What's your shoe size? a shoe brush shoe polish see also snowshoe See related entries: Departments in stores
- 2= horseshoe Word Origin Old English scōh (noun), scōg(e)an (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schoen and German Schuh.Extra examples I’ve had my shoes resoled. She wore a dark blue dress with matching shoes. The shoes, though elegant, pinched her feet terribly. a sturdy pair of walking shoes to break in a new pair of shoesIdioms to be in, or imagine that you are in, another person’s situation, especially when it is an unpleasant or difficult one I wouldn't like to be in your shoes when they find out about it. Well what would you do? Just put yourself in my shoes. to do somebody’s job in an acceptable way when they are not there used to introduce a piece of advice you are giving to somebody If I were in your shoes, I'd resign immediately.
if you feel that a remark applies to you, you should accept it and take it as a warning or criticism (informal) to be very frightened or nervous See related entries: Fear
used to say that a situation has changed so that somebody now has power or authority over the person who used to have power or authority over them to continue a job or the work that somebody else has started She stepped into her father’s shoes when he retired.