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Tanks in advance.
Approved answer (verified by BarbaraPA)
We use the expression to ask someone to understand our viewpoint, or to change his/her opinion to our own, on some matter: 'If you could walk a mile in my shoes, you would see why I think that people are generally xenophobic'-- meaning that incidents in my life have shown me a lot of xenophobia toward myself as a foreigner, and that if you had my experiences, you would have a similar opinion.
Is that more clear?
How can I walk in my shoes?
Smell what I smell?