I always thought that fringe or tassel looked ridiculous on clothes, shoes or bags. It always reminded me of those Komondor dogs and this might sound lame, but I almost felt like people were carrying these or wore them (lol).
I do own a pair (over 3 years now) of beige ankle length fringe boots from RI and I only bought them because it is SO comfortable. I thought the fringe or tassel on the side was funny and I even wanted to cut it and give a make over/under, until few people on the street noticed, liked it and asked me where had I picked those up from. So I thought they might look nice and left them as it is. Anyway, now I am warming up towards the ‘fringe/tassels’. Some of my favourites are the camel and black fringe bag, fringe or tassels attached to T-shirts, chain/necklaces, sandals and boots. They are so Bohemian and chick.