Breadcrumbs take inspiration from the tale of “Hansel and Gretel,” where the siblings left a trail of breadcrumbs to navigate through the forest. Similarly, in the digital realm, breadcrumbs aid navigation by displaying users’ previous steps in a structured format. This allows users to retrace their path through a website, facilitating seamless navigation and enhancing user experience.


For example, imagine you’re browsing an online store for shoes. As you explore different categories like “Men’s Shoes” and “Running Shoes,” breadcrumbs at the top of the page show your path: Home > Men’s Shoes > Running Shoes. If you decide to go back to the “Men’s Shoes” category, you can simply click on “Men’s Shoes” in the breadcrumbs instead of using the back button repeatedly. This intuitive navigation helps users easily track their journey and find their way around the website.