in someone else's shoes

in someone else's shoes

Imagining oneself in the situation or circumstances of another person so as to understand or empathize with their perspective, opinion, or point of view. The expression is a set phrase, as the other person is not specified. If you haven't spent time in someone else's shoes, how can you judge them?
See also: shoe, someone

in someone else's shoes

 and in someone else's place
Fig. seeing or experiencing something from someone else's point of view. (See also in a bind and the examples.) You might feel different if you were in her shoes. Pretend you're in Tom's place, and then try to figure out why he acts the way he does.
See also: shoe
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Each day, students engaged in various activities and events, ranging from walking in someone else's shoes to reflections and the opportunity to play adaptive sports.
If only people could walk a mile in someone else's shoes.
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It is an opportunity to boldly go and see what's out there, to walk in someone else's shoes, experience the world from a different perspective.
The Empathy Museum, a unique collaboration between acclaimed cultural philosopher Roman Krznaric and award-winning artist Clare Patey will presents A Mile in My Shoes, which will see a shoe shop inviting visitors to walk, literally, a mile in someone else's shoes.
Empathy - being able to put yourself in someone else's shoes - has never been Donald Trump's strong suit.
The contest challenged all stores to make a window display to the theme Walk in Someone Else's Shoes.
A painfully shy squirrel named Edmond makes pom-pom hats, an owl dresses up in animal disguises to trick his friends (or does he secretly enjoy empathizing in someone else's shoes?), an outgoing bear loves to throw wild parties -- who could ask for anything more?
The candle will be lit at the In Someone Else's Shoes holocaust memorial event which starts at 6.30pm.
Remember, you can't walk in someone else's shoes if you never get out of your chair.
The tracks are "Take a Walk in Someone Else's Shoes" (3:47), "Team Work" (2:56), "You Hurt My Feelings" (3:44), "Give a Little Love Away" (2:36), "Everyone Can See a Different Me" (3:58), "There's No Place For Bullies In Our School" (3:24), "What A Difference" (2:19), "Say Something Nice About Someone" (3:21), "Be Nice To Old People" (3:36), "Being With You" (2:57), "Just the Way You Are" (2:50), "Please Stop Hurting My Feelings" (3:00), "There's No Such Thing As Normal!" (2:58), "Value You" (2:18) and "Feel the World Dancing" (4:15).
Readers are asked to ponder whether such questions as whether consciousness is related to musical taste, and whether it's ever possible to put yourself in someone else's shoes. Basic, 2007, 412 p., h&w and color photos, hardcover, $26.95.
* In the diocese of Algoma, the deanery of Sudbury and Manitoulin held a walkathon in Sudbury, Ont., called "Walk a Mile in Someone Else's Shoes," that raised $6,000 for the PWRDF HIV/AIDS project.