There are certain things in life that are so ugly they’re beautiful, or so ugly they’re cute. (The French call it jolie laide; the Japanese, busakawa.) Think of bulldogs, bumpy noses — or Birkenstocks. This week, we’re celebrating the faces that only a mother could love. Welcome to Fugly Week on the Strategist.
If you’ve read the Strategist, you know that we’re no stranger to things that work great but don’t look so hot. To help you find all the fugly things we’ve already discovered, we’ve compiled this list of all the not-aesthetic-but-still-effective things we’ve already written about on the Strategist. Find items for your feet, your bathroom, and more below.
The most comfortable travel shoe for women verges on orthopedic and looks unlike anything else out there.
The wildly popular $100 grandma sandals that (unlike Birkenstocks) every cool, arty girl will be asking you about.
Anyone who’s used a Squatty Potty will tell you — it’s a total bathroom game changer.
Nobody said these ankle weights were cute, but they are sure as heck effective on your butt.
It’s an actually-flattering and very comfortable adult onesie that’s perfect for lounging around the house.
These undergarments are treading into old-lady territory, but they’ll shape you comfortably in a way that Spanx never could.
Shaving off your stubborn calluses with this potato-peeler-like rasp will be oddly satisfying.
There’s no better tool for washing your delicates by hand than this strange-looking Japanese washbasin.
Trust us: This Black & Decker power tool is the best way to massage sore muscles.
If you’re suffering from neck pain, why not try this bizarrely divoted pillow?
Extracting long hairs from your bathroom drain can be a (pricey) pain — prevent the problem with this weird plastic mushroom.
It’s not the world’s most intuitive thing, but a few minutes in this kneeling chair will save your creaky back.
Bored? Bust out a Chinese hacky sack and you’ll never want for entertainment.
This may just be the world’s fastest — if ugliest — baby-bottle warmer.
Perhaps the only thing that will get your baby to fall asleep at night, the weighted onesie is nothing short of a miracle.
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