Document And Entity Information - shares
9 Months Ended
Oct. 29, 2016
Nov. 23, 2016
Document And Entity Information [Abstract]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Oct. 29, 2016  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --01-28  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Registrant Name Nordstrom Inc.  
Entity Central Index Key 0000072333  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   173,342,135