I missed the "rough" MacNeils when they were a webgem circa the end of 2011 and also didn't get them as seconds when they were on sale last year. I thought they'd be gone for good, but somehow, I scored them off ebay last week for about 20% of the original retail. They looked pretty beat up (partly due to the leather itself) although they didn't seem to be worn. A bit of AE Lotion and some elbow grease made them look pretty gorgeous.
I know AE suggests saddle soap for those, but somehow I've always been reluctant to use it. It looks like AE Lotion worked really well here: the leather got a lot more supple and the color is now a bit deeper. I am looking forward to wearing them this fall.