Walking in someone else’s shoes is a figure of speech that means to put oneself in another person’s position and understand their feelings, thoughts, and experiences. It is a way to develop empathy and compassion for others.
Empathy is a positive emotion that has immense healing power. It allows us to understand and share the feelings of another person without judgement of who they are or what they might be experiencing. When we have empathy for another person, we put ourselves into their situation, we listen to what they need to say, and as the saying goes, “we walk in their shoes” and try to imagine what they are going through and how difficult the others person’s situation might be.