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                                   FORM 8-A/A

                                 POST-EFFECTIVE
                                 AMENDMENT NO. 1

                       SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                             Washington, D.C. 20549

                FOR REGISTRATION OF CERTAIN CLASSES OF SECURITIES
                    PURSUANT TO SECTION 12(b) OR 12(g) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934


                                  GENESCO INC.
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             (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

Tennessee                                                    62-0211340
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(State of incorporation or organization)                     (I.R.S. Employer
                                                             Identification No.)

             1415 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37217-2895
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(Address of Principal Executive Offices)                  (Zip Code) 


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If this form relates to the registration of a      If this form relates to the registration of a 
class of securities pursuant to Section 12(b)      class of securities pursuant to Section 12(g) 
of the Exchange Act and is effective pursuant      of the Exchange Act and is effective
to General Instruction A.(c), please check the     pursuant to General Instruction A.(d), 
following box. ( )                                 please check the following box. ( )
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Securities Act registration statement file number to which this form relates:


Securities to be registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
                                               

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                                                 Name of Each Exchange on Which
   Title of Each Class to be Registered          Each Class is to be Registered
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 Rights to Purchase Series 6 Subordinated            New York Stock Exchange
      Serial Preferred Stock
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        Securities to be registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

                                      None
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                                (Title of class)

The undersigned registrant hereby amends the following items and exhibits or
other portions of its Registration Statement on Form 8-A as follows:




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Item 1.           Description of Registrant's Securities to be Registered

Item 1 is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:

         Effective March 10, 1998, the Board of Directors of Genesco Inc. (the
"Company") amended (the "Amendment No. 2 to Rights Agreement") the Rights
Agreement dated as of August 8, 1990, as amended on August 8, 1990 (the 
"Existing Agreement"), between the Company and First Chicago Trust Company of
New York, as Rights Agent. The following paragraphs summarize the principal
amendments to the Existing Agreement effectuated through this amendment.
Capitalized terms used without definition below have the meanings assigned to
them in the Existing Agreement.

         1. Allowance for Inadvertent Acquisitions -- Amendment No. 2 to Rights
Agreement provides that Persons who certify that they inadvertently become the
Beneficial Owner of 10% or more of the Company's Common Shares or did so without
knowledge of the terms of the Rights Agreement will not be considered Acquiring
Persons if, within five Business Days of being notified by the Company of their
status as an Acquiring Person, such Person divests as promptly as practicable a
sufficient number of Common Shares to cause such Person's beneficial ownership
to be less than 10% of the outstanding Common Shares.

         2.  Shares Acquisition Date -- Amendment No. 2 to Rights Agreement 
amends the definition of Shares Acquisition Date to allow for postponement of
the Shares Acquisition Date as a result of a Person's inadvertent acquisition of
beneficial ownership of 10 % or more of the Common Shares.


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Item 2.        Exhibits
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               1.       Rights Agreement, dated August 8, 1990, between Genesco Inc. and First
                        Chicago Trust Company of New York, as Rights Agent, including the
                        Form of Certificate of Designations of Genesco Inc.(Exhibit A), Form of
                        Right Certificate (Exhibit B) and Summary of Rights to Purchase Preferred
                        Shares (Exhibit C) (incorporated by reference to Registration Statement on
                        Form 8-A filed August 15, 1990 (File No. 1-3083)).

               2.       First Amendment to Rights Agreement, dated August 8, 1990 between
                        Genesco Inc. and First Chicago Trust Company of New York, as Rights
                        Agent (incorporated by reference to Registration
                        Statement on Form 8-A filed August 15, 1990 (File No.
                        1-3083)).

               3.*      Amendment No. 2 to Rights Agreement, dated March 10, 1998 between
                        Genesco Inc. and First Chicago Trust Company of New York, as Rights
                        Agent.
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*  filed herewith



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                                    SIGNATURE

         Pursuant to the requirement of Section 12 of the Securities Exchange
Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this registration statement to be
signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereto duly authorized.

                                       GENESCO INC.

                                       By: /s/ Roger G. Sisson
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                                          Name: Roger G. Sisson
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                                          Title: Secretary
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Dated: March 24, 1998
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                       AMENDMENT NO. 2 TO RIGHTS AGREEMENT

         THIS AMENDMENT NO. 2 TO RIGHTS AGREEMENT (this "Amendment") is entered
into as of March 10, 1998 by and between GENESCO INC., a Tennessee corporation
(the "Company"), and FIRST CHICAGO TRUST COMPANY OF NEW YORK (the "Rights
Agent"), amending the Rights Agreement, dated August 8, 1990, between the
Company and the Rights Agent (the "Rights Agreement").

                             RECITALS OF THE COMPANY

         WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 27 of the Rights Agreement, the Company
may supplement or amend the Rights Agreement in accordance with the provisions
of Section 27 thereof;

         WHEREAS, the Company desires to make certain amendments to the Rights
Agreement;

         WHEREAS, the execution and delivery of this Amendment by the Company
and the Rights Agent have been in all respects duly authorized by each of them;
and

         NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the mutual
agreements herein set forth, the parties hereby agree as follows:

         Section 1. Section 1(a) of the Rights Agreement is hereby amended to
read in its entirety as follows:

         "(a) "Acquiring Person" means any person (as hereinafter defined) who
or which, together with all Affiliates and Associates (as hereinafter defined)
of such Person, is the Beneficial Owner (as hereinafter
 defined) of 10% or more
of the Common Shares of the Company then outstanding, but does not include (i)
the Company; (ii) any Subsidiary of the Company (as hereinafter defined); (iii)
any employee benefit plan of the Company or of any Subsidiary of the Company;
(iv) any Person holding Common Shares for or pursuant to the terms of any such
employee benefit plan; (v) any Person who becomes the beneficial owner of 10% or
more of the Common Shares of the Company then outstanding in a transaction which
is approved in advance of its occurrence by a majority of the Company's Board of
Directors and by a majority of Continuing Directors, as hereinafter defined, as
being in the best interests of the Company; (vi) any Person that within five
Business Days of being notified by the Company of its status as an Acquiring
Person, certifies to the Company that such Person acquired beneficial ownership
of 10% or more of the Common Shares inadvertently or without knowledge of the
terms of the Rights Agreement and such certification is not determined by a
majority of the Company's Board of Directors to have not been made in good
faith, and such Person divests as promptly as practicable (but in no event more
than thirty calendar days following its certification or such shorter period as
may be determined by the Board of Directors) a sufficient number of 


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Common Shares so that such Person would hold less than 10% of the Common Shares
then outstanding; and (vii) any Person that becomes an Acquiring Person solely
as a result of a reduction in the number of outstanding Common Shares of the
Company in a transaction that is approved by the Company's Board of Directors,
provided that such Person will immediately be an Acquiring Person in the event
such Person thereafter acquires any additional Common Shares of the Company
(other than as a result of a stock split or stock dividend) while the Beneficial
Owner of 10% or more of the Common Shares of the Company then outstanding."

         Section 2. Section 1(m) of the Rights Agreement is hereby amended to
read in its entirety as follows:

         "(m) "Shares Acquisition Date" means the date of the first public
announcement by the Company or an Acquiring Person that an Acquiring Person has
become such (unless such date has occurred inadvertently as contemplated by
Section 1(a)(vi) defining "Acquiring Person," in which case the Shares
Acquisition Date shall be postponed until the expiration of the thirty calendar
day period or such shorter time as may be determined by the Board of
Directors)."

         Section 3. This Amendment shall be deemed effective as of March 10,
1998 as if executed on such date.

         Section 4. Except as amended hereby, the Rights Agreement shall remain
in full force and effect and shall be otherwise unaffected hereby.

         Section 5. This Amendment may be executed in several counterparts, each
of which shall be deemed to be an original but all of which together shall
constitute but one Amendment.

         Section 6. This Amendment shall be deemed a contract made under the
laws of the State of Tennessee and for all purposes shall be governed by and
construed in accordance with the laws of such state.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Amendment has been signed by or on behalf of
each of the parties hereto to be effective as set forth herewith.

ATTEST:                                          GENESCO INC.

By: /s/ Roger G. Sisson                          By: /s/ James S. Gulmi
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Name: Roger G. Sisson                            Name: James S. Gulmi
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Title: Secretary                                 Title: SVP Finance
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ATTEST:                                          FIRST CHICAGO TRUST
                                                 COMPANY OF NEW YORK
By: /s/ David Cohn                               By: /s/ Joanne Gonostiola
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Name: David Cohn                                 Name: Joanne Gonastiola
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Title: Customer Service Officer                  Title: Assistant Vice President
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