You really only get the better lockdown when you're tightening the laces. I just don't know why it's necessary to have them when they won't be doing anything (as it doesn't look like there's nothing to tighten them closer to the foot when you move the straps).
Then again, I'm probably overthinking this since the vapormaxes aren't really a performance oriented sneaker.
Someone here mentioned that the NMD R2's plastic side piece can dig into your foot if you have wide feet. Well I have wide feet and when I tried on the R2's it made them really uncomfortable and annoying. Fuck the R2s.