walk a mile in (someone's) shoes

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walk a mile in (someone's) shoes

To spend time trying to consider or understand another person's perspectives, experiences, or motivations before making a judgment about them. I know that certain people can come across as selfish or mean-spirited, but you should try walking a mile in their shoes before you dismiss them too quickly.
See also: mile, shoe, walk
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A wise old proverb says, "To understand a man, you've got to walk a mile in his shoes." Evidently, a few dozen men in Anchorage, Alaska, took this quote rather literally, as they donned high heel shoes on April 8 and attempted to walk a mile to raise awareness for sexual-assault violence against women.
Tellingly, one of the comedian's most famous jokes centres around footwear: "Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that, who cares?
"Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you criticize him, you are a mile away from him and you have his shoes." --Anonymous (via e-mail)
Tellingly, one of the Scot's most famous jokes centres around footwear: "Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that, who cares?