Welcome to Fugly Week

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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.

The Pants That Have Haunted Me for Two Years

These $100 Grandma Sandals Are More Comfortable Than Birkenstocks

I Found the Perfect (Verging on Orthopedic) Travel Shoe

The Homely But Effective Machine That Puts Me to Sleep Every Night

My Poodle Is Inexplicably Devoted to This Bear/Octopus Hybrid

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

The Straw Visor Worth Sacrificing My Dignity For

This Bright Yellow $85 Nightstand is a Bit Garish, But I Love It

These Granny Panties Feel Like a Warm Embrace

The UFO-like Toothbrush That Keeps My Teeth Professionally Clean

Someone Stole Everything from Stephanie Danler’s Car Except These Shoes

21 Clear-Plastic Things That You Can Buy on Amazon

The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best women’s jeans, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, ultra-flattering pants, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.

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Welcome to Fugly Week