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All the Best Fugly Things We’ve Already Praised on the Strategist

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.

L’Amour des Pieds Brenn Sandals

The most comfortable travel shoe for women verges on orthopedic and looks unlike anything else out there.

Jesse Kamm Sailor Pant in Midnight

The “ugly pants” that started it all — love ‘em or hate ‘em (or hate to love ‘em), these are here to stay.

Charleston Shoe Co. Monterey Sandals

The wildly popular $100 grandma sandals that (unlike Birkenstocks) every cool, arty girl will be asking you about.

The Squatty Potty

Anyone who’s used a Squatty Potty will tell you — it’s a total bathroom game changer.

All Pro Ankle Weights

Nobody said these ankle weights were cute, but they are sure as heck effective on your butt.

Patagonia Women’s Capilene Thermal Weight One-Piece Suit

It’s an actually-flattering and very comfortable adult onesie that’s perfect for lounging around the house.

Razorba Back Hair Shaver
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Razorba Back Hair Shaver

Stick a razor into this strange plastic wand and you’ll have the perfect tool for shaving your own back.

Undersummers Lace Shortlette

These undergarments are treading into old-lady territory, but they’ll shape you comfortably in a way that Spanx never could.

Tweezerman Safety Slide Callus Shaver

Shaving off your stubborn calluses with this potato-peeler-like rasp will be oddly satisfying.

Japanese Laundry Wash Basin

There’s no better tool for washing your delicates by hand than this strange-looking Japanese washbasin.

Black & Decker WP900 Random Orbit Waxer/Polisher

Trust us: This Black & Decker power tool is the best way to massage sore muscles.

Tri-Core Cervical Pillow

If you’re suffering from neck pain, why not try this bizarrely divoted pillow?

TubShroom Shower Catcher

Extracting long hairs from your bathroom drain can be a (pricey) pain — prevent the problem with this weird plastic mushroom.

Office Star Ergonomically Designed Knee Chair With Casters

It’s not the world’s most intuitive thing, but a few minutes in this kneeling chair will save your creaky back.

HDYD Colorful Feather Shuttlecock
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Colorful Feather Jianzi

Bored? Bust out a Chinese hacky sack and you’ll never want for entertainment.

Dr. Brown’s Deluxe Bottle Warmer

This may just be the world’s fastest — if ugliest — baby-bottle warmer.

Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit

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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All the Best Fugly Things From the Strategist