Document and Entity Information
6 Months Ended
Aug. 02, 2014
Aug. 29, 2014
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name GENESCO INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000018498  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Aug. 02, 2014  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2015  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --01-31  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   24,093,609