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In this paper, content-based image retrieval method is applied to develop a system for automatic retrieval of questioned shoeprint images from a reference database of shoeprint images. The organizational structure, functional features, shoeprint query of the system and its application to footwear impression examination and identification is introduced in more detail. Comparison experiment is made to demonstrate its ability of retrieving similar images and identifying shoeprints. Experimental results show that the retrieval speed and performance of the system are satisfying.