Putting yourself in other peoples shoes is practically explaining empathy. Because the definition of empathy is not only caring but also understanding about what they are going through which is the same as sympathy without the understanding part.
Visualise yourself in a world where everyone put themselves in others shoes. You could feel what they feel do what they do and live their life. Now imagine everybody not caring about what people around them are going through.
Empathy and sympathy are not completely similar but do have some similarities because they both include caring. The difference is that when you feel sympathetic you feel sorry for someone crying but you don’t understand why they are doing what they are doing. Empathy on the other hand is when you feel sorry for someone crying and understand why they are crying.
Now get out of thinking about what you can do to be empathetic and put those words and thoughts into action about motivating others to choose to be empathetic. Take your choice and make a change which one would you like to live in.