Document and Entity Information (USD $)
In Thousands, except Share data, unless otherwise specified
3 Months Ended
Jul. 28, 2012
Aug. 31, 2012
Jul. 30, 2011
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]      
Entity Registrant Name GENESCO INC    
Entity Central Index Key 0000018498    
Document Type 10-Q    
Document Period End Date Jul. 28, 2012    
Amendment Flag false    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2013    
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --02-03    
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer    
Entity Public Float     $ 1,252,000,000
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   24,292,044