DAVID Beckham is famous for a lot of things – his right foot, his gorgeous family and being a fashion icon.

Just this week, the ex-Real Madrid star has been praised for making socks and sandals cool again after showing off the combo at his wife Victoria's latest fashion show .

A snap of the family was uploaded to Victoria's Instagram account – and the picture was flooded with praise in seconds.

"Only @davidbeckham can wear white socks with sandals and look cool," wrote one fan.

Another posted: "My dad asked me the other day if it was acceptable to leave the house in socks and sandals. I said no.

"Please can you let him know that according to David Beckham, I was wrong and he should just crack on."

Here we look back at some of Becks’ most iconic fashion moments – from snakeskin jackets to sleeveless dress shirts.

1998 – The sarong

The moment that cemented Beckham as a fashion icon came when he wore his famous sarong during the 1998 World Cup in France.

“Twenty years ago when I wore that sarong people were shocked,” Beckham told the Telegraph.

“It was an outrage. ‘Why are you wearing that? What were you thinking?’ Today no one bats an eyelid if a guy wears a sarong in the street.”

1999 – Matching leather catsuits

One of the ex-athlete's most memorable looks came at a Gucci fashion show in 1999.

"Me and Victoria always laugh about when we went to this Gucci show and we had on matching leather outfits. Now we're like 'What were we thinking?!", he revealed in an interview with People.

But despite his personal regret, fashionistas say the leather catsuits were a breathtaking statement which announced the couple as a style powerhouse.

2000 – The sleeveless shirt


The superstar shook the fashion industry to its core when he met Prince Charles whilst wearing a sleeveless shirt and a durag headpiece during the summer of 2000 at a benefit concert in London's Hyde Park.

While probably not his finest move, you have to admire the style icon for having the goldenballs to try on such a daring outfit before meeting a member of the Royal Family.

But he wasn't alone – even Posh dressed down for the occasion in blue denim jeans.

2000 – Snakeskin jacket

Becks is never afraid to try new styles out and is constantly updating his wardrobe with the latest threads.

In 2000, he wore a snakeskin-effect leather jacket which definitely raised a few eyebrows.

Coming in the same year he took the England armband, his football career was off the scale too.

2001 – Keeping it cosy

Despite his skills on the footie pitch, Beckham looked like he had just left the golf course in 2001 when he went shopping in a grey and pink argyle jumper – combining the number with a large scarf.

Over the years, Becks has loved to indulge in a Christmas shopping spree.

He was spotted getting into his £225,000 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera after buying some stocking fillers in London two years ago.

2003 – Grey days

He's got a golden nickname, but Becks was a vision in grey when he was spotted strolling through a French airport with his son Brooklyn in 2003.

Victoria stunned fans recently by sporting a similarly casual number while meeting David and the kids at an airport last year.

2004 – The camel coloured jacket

David sported a large camel-coloured jacket at the launch of a Pepsi advertisement in Spain in 2004 which was styled with a rather fetching collar to the keep the footballer snug during filming.

He’s clearly fond of the colour, wearing a similar tone when flying to Milan to open an Adidas store in 2017.

2005 – Posh hotties

Posh and Becks left Claridge’s Hotel to head to pal Elton John’s annual bash in 2005 and stopped to pose for photographs in their incredibly suave outfits.

David looked very flash in a shiny black suit while his wife kept it elegant in a patterned dress.

The Beckhams and Elton have been pals for over 25 years, and David has referred to him publicly as “Uncle Elton”.

The Rocket Man singer was even going to perform at the couple’s wedding in 1999, but a heart attack stopped him from performing.

2006 – The Italian job

The pair coordinated in matching green and beige outfits in 2006 at the Marco Polo Airport in Venice.

David and Victoria’s love affair with fashion hotspot Italy continues to this day, jetting off for a luxury break in Puglia in July this year.

2018 – Keeping it under wraps

Fast forward a decade, and David's bold fashion choices continue, wearing a khaki-coloured parka coat, jeans and boots combination in 2018.

It's certainly a world away from the leather combos of his youth.

2019 – Suited and booted

David teamed up a suit combo with a pair of white trainers last year, smartening up his act for a night out with Victoria.

If it's good enough for London Fashion Week, it's good enough for us!

2020 – Keeping it casual

Beckham's always been a very busy man and loves to rock a man-bag wherever he travels in the world.

Here he is earlier this year stepping out in a casual leather-jacket ensemble teamed up with a slick pair of glasses and a beanie hat – perfect for a busy man on the go.  

 

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