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## =54.60

To find the total price paid for the shoes, we need to calculate the sales tax and add it to the cost. The sales tax rate is given as 5%, which means 5% of the cost is added as tax.

First, calculate the sales tax amount by multiplying the cost of the shoes by the tax rate (in decimal form):

Sales tax = 52 * 0.05

= 2.60

Next, add the sales tax to the cost of the shoes to find the total price paid:

Total price = Cost + Sales tax

= 52 + 2.60

= 54.60

Therefore, the total price paid for shoes that cost $52 with a 5% tax rate is $54.60.