The Care Bears premiered on greeting cards in 1981. As a greeting card they were adorable and popular, but in 1983, when they made the transition to the toy world, Care Bear mania struck. From toys of all sizes to TV and movies, they were everywhere. I couldn’t get enough of these colorful characters. One of the Bare Bear branded items I wanted, but never got, were the shoes from Buster Brown. My mother by this point was transitioning me away from Buster Brown, but I still dreamed of getting a pair in 1983.