Macall Polay
Jeff Labrecque
November 13, 2014 AT 02:28 PM EST

You know the expression, “You don’t really know a man until you walk a mile in his shoes”? That’s the inspiration for writer/director Tom McCarthy’s new movie, The Cobbler. Adam Sandler plays a fourth-generation shoe repairman whose sad-sack life gets a jolt when he discovers a family heirloom that literally makes the maxim his reality—just sliding his feet into a customer’s shoes transforms him into different people, opening up opportunities he might never pursue on his own.

Dustin Hoffman co-stars as Sandler’s dad, and the cast also includes Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Fruitvale Station‘s Melonie Diaz, Ellen Barkin, Dan Stevens, and Steve Buscemi. The film didn’t receive the greatest reception when it debuted at the Toronto Film Festival, but it’s Sandler reining in his comic mayhem for the director of The Station Agent. Hopefully, the shoe fits.

The Cobbler does not have a release date yet.

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