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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Grace Lee, from The Haven, said: "There is an old saying - 'You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes.' And it's not easy walking in these shoes, but it's fun and it gets the community to talk about domestic violence." To take part, visit www.havenrefuge.org.uk/newsevents.
They are displayed with the message: 'You should never judge someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes.' Fairbridge manager Nick Corrigan said: 'We hope it brings a more understanding about young people.'