If you are lucky enough to have your grandmothers old shoe stretcher you can break in those tight fitting shoes. Just insert the stretcher into your shoe, turn the crank, leave in for a few days or so, and it will expand the shoe width. They come in two sizes that I know of, small and large.
This is a great gadget called a citrus peeler used to remove the rind from oranges, grapefruit, etc. You put the hook end on the top and pull down the fruit and it will make perfect cuts through the rind. The other end can be used to slide under the rind and remove it or you can simply just peel it off. These can be found at some grocery stores or on amazon.com.