I'm not that sure of the origins of Khakis but I do know that they were a US issue trouser for our military. I'm a bit older than most forum members and when I was in my teens the only place you could get a pair of khakis was the ones your dad or grandfather had or you went to the army navy store a bought a pair of "real" issue trousers there. As army/ navy stores became an obsolete so did authentic issue khakis. Todays marketplace is so saturated with inferior products and that includes the world of khakis. The Gap, Banana Republic, Abercrombie, Dickies etc. in my opinion are all "Crap". Not worth a dime and have no staying power. I'm a big believer in Bills Khakis, Bill Thomas has delivered a product that out shines all of them, true their a bit more expensive but you have my word, worth it. Their selection is broad and can be purchased on-line for those of you who are reluctant to" establish a good relationship" with a store of your liking. When we sell a pair I always recommend either washing and drying them a few times to get all the shrink out or add an inch to the alteration. And to those who wish to query me on "establishing relationships" you can pm me and I will explain "Added Value". Sorry to sound so cynical, but us retailers really want your business.