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
$395, Need Supply
Charleston Shoe Co. Monterey Sandals
$100, Charleston Shoe Co.
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
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
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
Japanese Laundry Wash Basin
Black & Decker WP900 Random Orbit Waxer/Polisher
Tri-Core Cervical Pillow
TubShroom Shower Catcher
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.
Colorful Feather Jianzi
$11 for four
Dr. Brown’s Deluxe 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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