Document and Entity Information - shares
9 Months Ended
Oct. 29, 2016
Nov. 25, 2016
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name GENESCO INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000018498  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Oct. 29, 2016  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2017  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --01-28  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   19,870,665