The breeches is a half-length trousers, in which the Fußbund located below the knee. As a traditional culotte it was found in general and court clothing of the 17th and 18th centuries. The length of the knee breeches is the same as the Knickerbocker , but has a tighter fit and a waistband just below the knee.
Modern knee breeches are part of traditional costumes and are also worn by hikers and hunters as well as in the Bundische youth movement . It has been common practice and in use for hiking and mountaineering since the 19th century. As a part of the uniform it is traditionally to be found among mountain hunters from different countries. For a few years now, knee breeches have been offered in a modified form (for example with side pockets) in summer fashion for men and women.