to walk a mile in someone's shoes

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - walk a mile in someone's shoes

"to walk a mile in someone's shoes"

to consider or understand another person's perspectives, experiences, or motivations before making a judgment about them


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - walk a mile in someone's shoes

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: The boss sure seems to make some unfair and arbitrary decisions.

Colleague 2: And are you aware of all the circumstances surrounding those decisions?

Colleague 1: No.

Colleague 2: Then you should walk a mile in her shoes before you comment or criticize.

Colleague 1: You are right. I don't suppose I can imagine the pressure the boss must be under.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - walk a mile in someone's shoes

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Look at that man begging for money. He should just get a job and quit being so lazy.

Friend 2: That is rather harsh and judgmental of you. Perhaps that man is a veteran or has had something happen to him beyond his control.

Friend 1: You are right. I should walk a mile in his shoes before I pass judgment.

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to walk a mile in someone's shoes - Gerund Form:

Walking a mile in your boss's shoes before judging them too harshly shoes a sign of maturity.

to walk a mile in someone's shoes - Examples:

1)  Before you criticise someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticise them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

2)  The age-old expression is that to truly know someone you must walk a mile in their shoes

3)  As a merchant, it's important to walk a mile in their shoes and understand what would motivate them to give your brand preferential exposure ...

4)  ... saying that in order to understand someone you must 'walk a mile in their shoes' and maybe if we applied a sense of empathy towards inmates ...

5)  ... basically, walk a mile in my shoes before you pass judgment me and my kids.

6)  ... about understanding the effect policy has on families is an example of 'walk a mile in my shoes.' Shared experiences make for better understanding. 

7)  ... up by someone who simply does not understand what they are asking. Walk a mile in my shoes, then come back and tell me what I'm doing wrong.

8)  ... many are not seeing the America that some of us are seeing. Walk a mile in my shoes and you will know just how limited our freedoms really are.

9)  Shame on anyone who judges me. Until you walk a mile in my shoes please have some compassion, please be very careful before placing blame ...

10)  ... where she said her partner threatened to hurt those close to her. Walk a mile in her shoes, I bet you'd run for the hills.

11)  You walk a mile in her shoes first, before making such heartless comments.

12)  Does the bible not tell you to not judge others until you have walked a mile in their shoes?!! How dare she tell me I am being selfish ...

13)  You do not know someones position unless you have walked a mile in their shoes.

14)  You can never understand what a person is going through until you've walked a mile in their shoes

15)  ... possible danger can objectively critique with no basis or experience to understand. Walk a mile in our shoes.

16)  Next time, walk a mile in our shoes before you criticize and demean women.

17)  Critics of teachers should walk a mile in our shoes before you start slamming us and making us scapegoats.

18)  Walk a mile in someone's shoes before you start judging them folks.

19)  Walk a mile in someone's shoes and you will know how he feels. 

20)  That's all it takes folks, for these people to walk a mile in someone else's shoes, and then they will believe it.