Re: Another Hakama thread?
Yep, hakama were pretty much samurai chaps, but evolved into something more like trousers, eventually. There are all kinds of hakama, too, for different situations, activities and stylistic preferences.
The 'standard' hakama we wear with the traditional budogi, I look at 'em sort of like khaki trousers, not real dressy, but maybe a step above blue jeans. Maybe office casual ...
As for tripping on them, basically, most folks wearing hakama wear them too long. Ideally, the hem ought to fall at about the ankle. Forget about the hiding the feet thing. It's a myth. Getting the length right reduces the trippage ...