Document and Entity Information - shares
3 Months Ended
May 04, 2019
May 31, 2019
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name GENESCO INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000018498  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date May 04, 2019  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2020  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --02-01  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Small Business false  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding (in shares)   16,534,398
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Shell Company false