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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Mackem to his Mackem friend: "Before you criticise a Geordie, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes."